Urban News Roundup (December 11, 2015)

Cairo – Egypt to build 1 million homes for poor to help ease shortage

Egypt plans to build 1 million homes for poorer people at a cost of almost US$20 billion over the next five years, the housing minister said, to ease a crunch that has seen slums and unlicensed buildings spread since the 2011 revolt. – Egypt Independent 

Addis Ababa – Ambitious urban food safety net looms to address five million destitute

Following the increasing trends of income inequality in urban areas in Ethiopia, the government has devised urban-based food safety net program which will benefit some 4.7 million dwellers across 972 cities and towns. – The Reporter

Monrovia – President projects impact of China’s $60 billion

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says China’s pledge of $60bn to Africa will enable Liberia to access Chinese facilities to continue “infrastructure work primarily” and yet meet its requirement with the International Monetary Fund or IMF. – The New Dawn

Kampala – Uganda needs $400m to adapt to climate change

At COP21 the real cost of adapting to climate change in Uganda emerged in a new report. The economic assessment of the impacts of climate change in Uganda, indicates it will cost Uganda about $406 million over the next five years (2015–2020) to fully adapt to climate change. – Daily Monitor

Nairobi – Sh240bn Tatu City take-off gathers pace

The private large scale urban development Tatu City seems to be gaining pace with a number of multinationals and local firms lining up to take up space at the Sh240 billion industrial complex. – Daily Nation

Dar es Salaam – VP set to veto filth management firms

Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, directed municipal councils to present to her a list of companies contracted to manage filth to see if they were performing. The directive came following the fact that most Dar es Salaam streets were filthy, sending a clear signal that the firms were not properly executing their duties despite being loftily paid. – Daily News

Lusaka – Townships in $1.8m US grant for water, sanitation

The US has granted US$1.8 million dollars to assist 1.2 million people in selected Lusaka townships have access to quality water, sanitation and promote hygienic practices. The grant has been given to five private sector organisations through the Millennium Challenge Account Zambia Limited. – Zambia Daily Mail

Otjiwarongo – Lack of housing hobbles city

Outgoing Otjiwarongo Mayor Hilda Jesaja says the five years she has been in office have been a period of socio-economic and political challenges, during which council faced difficulties delivering on key priority areas, such as residential land and housing. – New Era

Windhoek – City to revisit land deals

Illegal land deals signed by the municipality of Windhoek with businessmen Leake Hangala and Frans Ndoroma will be renegotiated by the city’s property division, but they will not be cancelled like other controversial land transactions. – The Namibian

Cape Town – Blikkiesdorp: A place ‘worse than hell’

The residents of Blikkiesdorp have been battling ACSA and the City of Cape Town over uncertainty regarding their future, particularly with respect to plans for upgrading the airport near their homes. A new documentary has been released telling the story. – Daily Maverick

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